Pardes Day School Educators Program: 1-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies

Program Description

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The Pardes Day School Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies is designed for future Jewish Studies teachers in day schools who are already graduates of MA programs in Teaching or Jewish Education and who are motivated to supplement their academic training with rich Jewish text study and Israel experience.

Veteran teachers (with at least four years of professional full-time teaching experience) seeking an opportunity to refresh or enrich text skills, re-prioritize teaching goals or expand their professional role in a Jewish day school may also apply to the program.

The one-year Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; educators’ seminars on text and context, spirituality and tefilah in Jewish day schools and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches;  career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support. Participants will also engage in peer teaching and an independent project.

Graduates of this program earn a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Pardes.

Hoping to hire a PCJE graduate as a teacher or Jewish educator? Please contact Gail Kirschner at with a description of the position and we will try to make a shidduch!


  1. BA with above-average GPA
  2. Experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language
  3. Experience teaching or in experiential education OR MA in Teaching or Jewish Education or BA in Education

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Post-Program Commitment:

Graduates commit to teaching Jewish studies in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of two years upon completion of the program (for a list of recommended Masters programs, see below).

Pardes Day School Program Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies is completely subsidized. Benefits include:

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for one academic year
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Living stipend of $800 per month for up to 10 months

Living stipend of $800 per month for up to 10 months.

Pardes students usually rent apartments in Jerusalem. Pardes provides helpful housing resources to accepted students, including a listserve. Click here for more info about finding housing in Jerusalem.

Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions

In Israel:
Gail Kirschner
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

In North America:
Haley Schulman